I am an 80s girl, through and through. Needless to say, when I learned that 80s popstar duo Air Supply would be playing at the casino just across the Oklahoma border, I jumped at the chance to go.
So last weekend, my friends Bethany and Elizabeth and I drove the forty five minute to the WinStar, checked in, and got dolled up for the concert. (And by "dolled up," I mean Elizabeth put on her best t-shirt and I slapped a little mascara on my lashes.) We played penny slots, ate some cheese fries, got hopped up on free diet soda, and then made our way into the "event room."
It was awesome. I mean AWESOME. They played all their hits, encouraged people to sing along, and even strolled through the crowd. (If we're still being honest, Russell Hitchcock had a look of raw fear in his eyes as his bodyguard forged a path through the screaming, lunging throng. Poor guy.) The best part was the back-up band. They couldn't have been more than twenty-five ... Air Supply had peaked and faded before they were even born. But they put on a brave face, acting like those soft rock ballads were genuinely cool.
After the show, we played the slots for another few minutes and then headed toward our hotel room. Lo and behold, as we were passing through the hotel bar, we saw Russell Hitchcock (and the extremely talented youngster on lead guitar) trying their best to order cocktails despite the rush of photo-seekers.
I felt guilty bothering them ... but there was no way I was passing up an opportunity to get a picture with Air Supply. Or at least half of Air Supply.
This week's recipe is an homage to the most rockin' Australian pop duo ever. It's sweet, nutty, and super-cheesy, but also incredibly delicious. As an added bonus, I made it out of stuff I just happened to have in my fridge and cupboard ... so you could say I made apple dip out of nothing at all!
Creamy Apple Dip
8 oz. mascarpone cheese**
1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
1/2 c. chopped craisins or raisins
1/2 c. chopped pecans or walnuts
** If you can't find mascarpone cheese, you could substitute cream cheese (or even reduced fat or fat free cream cheese). I prefer the mascarpone because it has a silkier texture.
Blend first six ingredients in a medium bowl with a hand mixer. Stir in craisins and nuts, if you're using them. Serve with sliced apples and/or pears.